Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 14, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 66

God gave me an assignment. My assignment was to start this facebook page and I was to use it to share His truths with others. I was not supposed to actively seek others to this page, but I was to do my job, and He would bring the right people to me.

I have been faithful with the assignment, but my alignment has been off, just a bit, lately. I have allowed my flesh to interfere with His assignment, because there have been times when I wanted that “spectacular ministry” that I could brag about.

Last night my Pastor’s message was about our alignment within our assignment…he was speaking directly to me. And then, this morning, as I am preparing today’s assignment God drove the point home to me through the words I read in 2 Corinthians 5:11-15.

I am so happy that today is Sunday, our designated day of rest. I really need to spend some quiet time with God and allow Him to adjust my alignment back into the proper place so I can fulfill the assignment He has given me.

Friends, please say a special prayer for me today as I recommit myself to God’s will in my life. I promise to share more with you about why I needed this realignment soon.

Today’s Reading Assignment 2 Corinthians 5 – 9

“Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:11-15


Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 5

Forgiveness (5:1-10)

How did Paul use his tent making skills as an illustration of God’s promise? (1; Acts 18:3) What do we wait for? (2) How are we clothed? (3; Rev. 7:14)

When will our mortal body be swallowed up by life? (4; 1 Cor. 15:42-44) What is a deposit and why are they given? (5) How does the presence of the Holy Spirit assure us of our future? (6)

What does it mean to live by faith? (7; Gal. 2:20) How does faith in Jesus give Christians a different perspective than people in the world? (8)

What aspect of life is no different whether in this world or in heaven? (9)

What should Christians always remember about their future? (10; Luke 9:26) How will some who claimed to believe in Jesus and yet their life did not reflect their faith be shocked when they stand before Jesus’ judgement seat? (Matt. 25:28-30)

A New Creation (5:11-6:2)

What is fear of the Lord? (11a) How does the understanding of God’s judgment compel us to preach the gospel?

What is more important; that which is seen or in the heart? (11b-12) How does verse 12 point out the different between false and true religion? What should compel us to preach the gospel? (13-14) Why?

Who do we live for? (15) What is to be our perspective? (16) How does verse 17 help us understand the difference between a world point of view and a godly point of view?

What does it mean to be reconciled to God? (18-19) How did God do it? How do we participate in this work of God? How do we participate in this work of God?

How are Christians like ambassadors? (20) Who does verse 21 refer to? (Heb. 4:14-15)

“As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. 2 For God says,

“At just the right time, I heard you.
On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

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Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 6

How could a person receive God’s grace in vain? (6:1-2) What the should we all do?

Paul’s Hardship (6:3-13)

What does it mean to put a stumbling block in someone’s path? (3) What is the nature of servitude? (4a) What are some things that may happen in the life of a servant of God? (4b-5)

What are some blessing of a servant of God? (6) What are weapons of righteousness? (7) What are some contrasts in a servant of God’s life? (8-10)

What example can we learn from Paul’s ministry? (11) What problem had existed between Paul and the Corinthian believers? (12) What did Paul ask of them? (13) How can we apply this to our own life?

Do Not Yoke With Unbelievers (6:14-7:1)

What does it mean to be yoked to someone? (14; Deut. 22:10) Why shouldn’t believers be yoked with unbelievers? (15; Matt. 11:29-30) How is God’s word consistent when it comes to who marry? (Gen. 6:1-3; Deut. 7:3-4; Ezra 9:10-12)

What is true about believer’s inner being? (16) How are verses 17 and 18 to be taken? (Acts 10:27-29; John 17:15-19) How does this relate to the subject of marriage in previous verses? (Gen. 2:24)

“Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” 2 Corinthians 7:9-10


Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 7

How does this relate to our inner being? (7:1) How does this confirm these truths?

What has happened in our generation of believers in regard to purity of heart and purity of marriage and how can the trend stop?

Paul’s Joy (7:2-16)

What had apparently happened in the Corinthian congregation after they received Paul’s first letter? (2) How did Paul respond? (3-4) How had he practiced Jesus teaching on forgiveness? (John 13:34-35; Luke 11:4)

What kind of gospel work ethic was compelled by Paul’s love for them? (5) How had God blessed his faith? (6)

How can unwanted feelings lead to good in our life? (8-9) What is the condition that makes this good? (10) How does this highlight the process of salvation? How does the response of the Corinthians tells us about a true Christian’s attitude when they had sinned? (11) What was Paul’s objective when he wrote to them about their unwillingness to deal with a serious problem in their congregation? (12) How did everyone benefit from their proper response? (13)

What can we learn about a mature Christian community (Paul, Titus, and the congregation) from verses 14-16?

“They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2

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Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 8

The Grace that God has Given the Macedonians (8:1-7)

What grace did God give the Macedonian churches? (1; Rom. 15:24-29) In what respects were they exemplary in their Christian life? (2-4)

Why is offering a spiritual matter? (5) In light of the Macedonian’s example, what does Paul urge the Corinthians to do? (6-7)

Though He was Rich (8:8-15)

What is Paul’s tone in speaking about the offering? (8) What grace of Jesus Christ does Paul remind us of? (9)

How and why did the Corinthian Christians commit themselves to the offering at first? (10) Did they follow through? What does Paul ask them to do? (11)

What makes our offering acceptable to God? (12) Why does God bless some people more than others? (13-15)

We are Taking Pains to do what is Right (8:16-24)

Who was Titus? (23) What was Titus’ mission? (16-19) What is done to preserve the integrity of God in dealing with offerings? (20-24)

Why is this so important? (Num. 16:15; 1 Sam. 2:17, 12:3; John 12:6; Acts 5:1-6; Lk. 16:10-11)

“As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!” 2 Corinthians 9:13-15

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Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 9

God Loves a Cheerful Giver (9:1-15)

How does Paul explain the circumstances in regard to the offering for the Jerusalem saints? (1-5)

What spiritual laws and principles must be applied to the offering? (6-7) What assurances do Christians have in the grace of God? (8-10)

How should that assurance be expressed? (11) What are the practical fruits of sacrificial offering? (12-15)


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